Smallz The Comedian...
C omedy in the country is making great strides with many people taking up comedy. Asking who his favourite comedian locally is, Smallz say he cannot choose because right now all the comedians are just doing very well for themselves in their different ways
Born Lungelo Gina, SMALLZ is a young man who joined the entertainment industry in 2015 through the national LOL comedy competition of which he was the eventual winner and has since been rising up to the top of the ranks in comedy.
Smallz proudly brags about being the first and only Comedian to have performed for their Majesties, King Mswati 111, not once but at number of times.
Speaking on whether he thought he was always funny, Smallz says he never thought he was funny until he paid attention to how people laugh each time he says anything. The comedian says whilst in High School, he was a hostel Master and school prefect.
He says each time addressed the pupils and gave instruction, they would always crack up with laughter and he started thinking that maybe he is funny and that is when he started using that to his advantage which led him to the LOLO comedy competition.
Smallz says one of the comedians who inspire him is Trevor Noah. He says he has proved beyond odds that the sky is never the limit.
“I’m inspired by the fact that he comes from humble beginnings and he has managed to get himself international recognition”, explains the comedian.
Comedy in the country is making great strides with many people taking up comedy. Asking who his favourite comedian locally is, Smallz say he cannot choose because right now all the comedians are just doing very well for themselves in their different ways and styles.
Smallz says from other comedians he admirers their confidence, patience and perseverance. Mainly because he has weakness when it comes to the crowd.
“Sometimes i just feel like when the crowd isn’t responding the way i expect them, I will be tempted to jump of stage even before my set is over”, he says. Smallz says it takes a lot for a comedian to do his set and finish especially when the crowd is not respon- sive.
Speaking on his comedy sets, Smallz says he does Script jokes so he does not forget the idea he has for that joke. “I write my jokes down so I know exactly what i am developing when i start giving flesh to the idea”, he explains. In terms of how he prepares for his shows, he says he listens to music and think of his day to day activities, picking out the funny moments to develop as a comedy set.
Smallz says hecklers are common in drinking areas where people are not sober minded and as a comedian he avoids performing in those kinds of places before they destroy my spirit. He says hecklers need to understand that they kill a show and the confidence and spirit of a comedian. A comedian may never be comfortable getting up on stage again just because of a hecklers.
Smallz says, comedy has contributed to his growth not physically but also financially and he is able to live of it. He says the amount of shows he gets in a month depend on the time of the. “Towards the end of last year, I was fully booked and had to cancel other shows”, says the talented comedian.
“The highlight of my career has been performing before their majesties. Knowing that I am the first and only comedian to do that, makes me proud of myself”, explains Smallz.
He says as his career continues to grow, he plans on keeping his comedy sets non-vulgar, age appropriate for all, using himself as a vessel to impact people using his day to day activities.